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  • Solar projects can't save the forest for the trees?

    07/25/2016 7:58:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 23 July 2016 | FRANK ELTMAN
    A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands.
  • What Alaska’s Christmas Tree Tells Us about Government Overreach and Hypocrisy

    12/06/2015 6:34:21 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | Dec. 3, 2015 | Cathy Giessel
    As an Alaskan, I am flattered that this year's Capitol Christmas tree comes from our own Chugach National Forest. Selected by the U.S. Forest Service for its perfect, conical shape and evenly dispersed branches, the 74-foot Lutz spruce is a statuesque symbol, for sure. But it symbolizes much more than holiday cheer.
  • Trillions, Not Billions Of Trees

    09/09/2015 5:53:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/09/15 | Jack Dini
    Whether, how, and why forest stands have changed their growth patterns over the last century are still hotly disputed questions The world’s great forests have long been recognized as the lungs of the earth. They fix carbon and produce oxygen. So it should come as a pleasant surprise to hear that there are over three trillion trees on earth, according to a new assessment. The figure is more than seven times as big as the previous best estimate, which counted perhaps 400 billion at most. It has been produced by Thomas Crowther and colleagues, from Yale University, who combined a...
  • Mapping tree density at a global scale

    09/03/2015 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies ^ | 9-2-2015
    The global extent and distribution of forest trees is central to our understanding of the terrestrial biosphere. We provide the first spatially continuous map of forest tree density at a global scale. This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate. Of these trees, approximately 1.39 trillion exist in tropical and subtropical forests, with 0.74 trillion in boreal regions and 0.61 trillion in temperate regions. Biome-level trends in tree density demonstrate the importance of climate and topography in controlling local tree densities at finer scales, as well...
  • Scientists undercount trees by 2.6 trillion, but assure us animals going extinct

    09/03/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Every so often you will see articles warning that some species is going extinct. And usually it's not really a species -- you never hear about "leopards" going extinct, usually it's "purple dotted left handed bisexual Nepalese leopards" or some subvariety.  We are assured they are going extinct because fewer have been seen recently. But the Earth is so big, how can we really be sure that some subspecies is going extinct just because we see fewer of them? After all, only three percent of the land mass of the Earth is urbanized. Animals could easily be hidden in...
  • 'Settled Science' chronicle: world has 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/03/2015 6:09:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 9/3/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It seems that scientists were a little off in calculating the number of trees on the planet. You remember trees: they turn CO2 into oxygen and water. In fact, if you buy a “carbon credit,” you are paying to plant trees to buy an indulgence for your private jet travel -- just like Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. supposedly do. Well, all those calculations of doom over purported CO2-caused global warming may be a little more unsettled. The Wall Street Journal reports:
  • World Has Many More Trees Than Previously Thought, New Report Says

    09/02/2015 11:23:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    WSJ ^ | Mark Armao
    There are just over three trillion trees in the world, a figure that dwarfs previous estimates, according to the most comprehensive census yet of global forestation. Using satellite imagery as well as ground-based measurements from around the world, a team led by researchers at Yale University created the first globally comprehensive map of tree density. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. A previous study that drew on satellite imagery estimated that the total number of trees was around 400 billion. The new estimate of 3.04 trillion is multiple times that number, bringing the ratio of trees...
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • Blame for Oregon Forest Fires Falls on Feds, Says Logging Industry

    08/23/2015 4:56:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Brendan Murray
    Oregon is in the midst of its third consecutive summer of severe forest fires, and industry professionals say logging limits on federal land are largely to blame. The fires have already made their costs felt, as the Oregon Department of Forestry has already spent an estimated $25 million to date on this year’s blazes. This comes on the heels of two consecutive severe seasons in 2013 and 2014, the former of which was the most destructive wildfire season in the state’s history.
  • Our American Ecosystems Need Gardeners to Weed Them (Responsibly, of Course)!

    02/03/2015 5:06:08 PM PST · by Ulmius · 37 replies
    February 3, 2015 | Ulmius
    I'm writing on a story I heard about the spread of the Burmese python in Florida. This is also my first post on this site. Despite all our objections against the dangers of blind and excessive "green" regulations by the federal government, conservationism SHOULD NOT be seen as a strictly progressive movement. In the context of invasive species, these types of pests infest an area the size of Delaware every year in this country (according to the Audubon Society). Pythons roam the Everglades. Chinese privet chokes out vital understory species in the Southern uplands. Zebra mussels crust the surface of...
  • US Forrest Service to Charge for Taking Pictures of Trees [satire]

    09/29/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Hungry for a means to supplement is budget, the US Forrest Service is proposing new regulations that would allow it to charge visitors $1500 if they want to take pictures in wilderness areas. Liz Close, the Forest Service’s acting wilderness director, called the new fees “essential to our mission. These wilderness areas belong to the government. Why shouldn’t we get revenue from what is our property?” Close warned against thinking that “these areas are too vast for us to enforce collection. We are watching from both the ground and the air. Rangers randomly patrol with orders to seize any cameras...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Our Forests and Climate Change

    09/12/2013 1:27:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    US Department of Agriculture ^ | September 12, 2013 | by Robert Bonnie, Anne Castle
    Americans know the importance of forests to our communities and our economy. They provide jobs and recreational opportunities, filter our air and water, and make up essential habitat for wildlife and natural resources. But increasingly, we’re also recognizing that forests play an important role in mitigating climate change. Recently, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change on our communities and economy, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change. This plan recognizes that America’s forests play a critical role in addressing carbon pollution, absorbing as much as 14...
  • European forests near carbon saturation point (uh-huh)

    08/21/2013 6:25:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Euronews ^ | 08/19/2013 07:36 CET
    A new study has warned that Europe’s forests are showing signs of reaching saturation point in their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. … Forests currently soak up about 10 percent of Europe’s emissions, but woodlands from Spain to Sweden are getting older and are packed with trees that are less efficient at soaking them up. … The information comes in a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. …
  • The Environmental Lobby's Great Forest Con

    07/28/2013 9:36:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 28, 2013 | Niger Innis
    Environmental activists constantly pressure government agencies to intervene in the lives of others, whether it is telling them how to run their businesses, where they can build their homes, or what types of food they can and cannot eat, among countless other examples. Another area activists are increasingly focusing on is forest management, telling tree farmers how they should manage their land. Common sense would tell you that a one-size-fits-all system of land management would not fit the diverse landscapes of the U.S., in terms of climate, elevation, and many other variables. Unfortunately, common sense is not that common among...
  • Feds May Close Forests Near Fresno ( CA )

    06/22/2013 6:28:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    KMPH ^ | Jun 20, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to close 2-million acres of forest to protect a toad and frog habitat. The service held a meeting in Prather Wednesday to discuss closing parts of nine forests.
  • El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power ( CA )

    06/22/2013 6:12:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    CBS13 ^ | June 21, 2013
    The El Dorado County Sheriff says he’s not happy with the U.S. Forest Service, so he’s stripping them of their authority by keeping them from enforcing state law within the county. Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.” In a letter obtained by CBS13, the sheriff informs the federal agency that its officers will no longer be able to enforce California state law anywhere in his county. “I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County...
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You

    10/14/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Donkey Odious · 103 replies ^ | October 8, 2012 | Megan Bedard
    Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun. At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city's parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards. "Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a...
  • COMMENTARY: It’s time to judge forest policy by its result, not by its intent

    05/27/2012 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | May 27, 2012 | Rob Deharpport
    Failed federal policies implemented by unelected agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management during the past 30 to 40 years remind me of a quote from the late economist Milton Friedman: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” The Northwest Forest Plan enacted by President Clinton in 1994 may have had good intentions, but it has failed catastrophically.
  • Al Qaeda threatens wildfires in US, fire officials ready (are fire officials kidding?)

    05/04/2012 12:18:17 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 35 replies
    abclocal.go ^ | 5-2012 | Montanez
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An al Qaeda website is now calling for recruits to set wildfires in the United States. The targets of the fires are areas prone to dry conditions, like California. Both Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service said they are taking the threats seriously -- but they're not worried, they said. The agencies tell Action News they're ready for wildfires, no matter what or who causes them. "Ever since 9/11 we've had a heightened sense of awareness for terrorism and we do talk about that," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson. "In the last three...
  • Obama admin says new forest rules stress science

    01/26/2012 12:12:44 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:20 PM EST | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to take effect in early March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the rule change on Thursday. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science...
  • This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US

    01/12/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by blam · 101 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-`12-2012 | Dina Spector
    This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US Dina Spector Jan. 12, 2012, 2:48 PM NASA's Earth Observatory just released a map illustrating where all the trees are in America. The map was created over six years by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. The dark swaths of green represent parts of the country with the greatest concentration of biomass. You can see dense tree cover in the Pacific Northwest as well New England, which has been reforested after intensive...
  • Columbus blamed for Little Ice Age

    10/13/2011 2:17:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 118 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | 10-22-11 | Devin Powell
    Depopulation of Americas may have cooled climate MINNEAPOLIS — By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and the other explorers who followed may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate for centuries. The European conquest of the Americas decimated the people living there, leaving large areas of cleared land untended. Trees that filled in this territory pulled billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, diminishing the heat-trapping capacity of the atmosphere and cooling climate, says Richard Nevle, a geochemist at Stanford University. “We have a massive reforestation event that’s sequestering carbon … coincident...
  • Dead trees as biomass energy might lift economy

    09/26/2011 1:59:56 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 60 replies
    Daily Sentinel ^ | 9/25/11 | Gary Harmon
    The dead wood of Colorado’s lodgepole pine forest should be harnessed as biomass energy before it becomes fuel for a conflagration, a former Aspen mayor said. One way to do that could be a biomass project in Eagle County, where a Provo, Utah, company is considering construction of a 10-megawatt plant. Dean Rostrom, principal of Evergreen Clean Energy LLC, will discuss plans for a plant at a regional biomass summit from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Carbondale town hall. The denuded lodgepole forest covering 4.2 million acres is becoming more dangerous, not less, as trees killed by the...
  • A Tree Party Rebellion

    09/18/2011 8:15:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Communities all over the country feel that their hands are tied with one-size-fits-all DC Brand Red Tape. The rules and regulations prevent them from doing what is best for their specific circumstances. The situation has escalated to the point where elected officials are now taking charge to do what is local and logical. What took place this weekend in the rural New Mexico town of Cloudcroft could become the model for all who want to cut the red tape. Hundreds of people were at what is being called the “Otero County Tree Party” in support of realigning the federal government...
  • The world's woodland is getting denser and change could help combat climate change

    06/05/2011 10:32:05 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2011 | DailyMail Reporter
    For years exponents of climate change theories have used images of deforestation to support their cause. However, the density of forests and woodland across much of the world is actually increasing, according to a respected scientific study. The change, which is being dubbed the 'Great Reversal', could be crucial in reducing atmospheric carbon, which is linked to climate change. In countries from Finland to Malaysia, the thickening has taken place so quickly that it has reversed the carbon losses caused by deforestation between 1990 and 2010. In Britain, forest density has increased by 10.8 per cent from 2000 to 2010...
  • Forests might be detectable on extrasolar planets

    12/13/2010 8:51:20 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    io9 ^ | 12/11/10
    Forests might be detectable on extrasolar planetsThanks to a new remote sensing technique, astronomers may soon be able to detect the presence of multicellular life (like trees) on planets outside of the Solar System. Excitingly, we've been able to detect the composition of atmospheres on a handful of planets orbiting other stars. But if next-generation space observatories go online within the next couple of decades, some scientists propose using a new technique to determine details such as tree-like multicellular life on extrasolar planets. While previous studies have discussed the likelihood of detecting life on exoplanets through signs of biogenic gases...
  • Aspen Trees Die Across the West

    05/18/2010 12:29:25 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 48 replies · 1,254+ views ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Stephanie Simon
    DENVER -- This should be the golden season across the West, when aspen paint hillsides in shades of fall.But a mysterious ailment -- or perhaps a combination of factors -- is killing hundreds of thousands of acres of the trees from Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and into Canada, according to the U.S. government and independent scientists. The aspen die-off comes on the heels of a pine-beetle invasion that has destroyed millions of acres of evergreens. Foresters expect to lose virtually every mature lodgepole pine in Colorado -- five million acres of them.
  • Forests Are Growing Faster, Ecologists Discover; Climate Change Appears to Be Driving Acc'd Growth

    02/03/2010 8:38:13 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 60 replies · 829+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 2/2/10 | ScienceDaily
    ScienceDaily (Feb. 2, 2010) — Speed is not a word typically associated with trees; they can take centuries to grow. However, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found evidence that forests in the Eastern United States are growing faster than they have in the past 225 years. The study offers a rare look at how an ecosystem is responding to climate change... Sean McMahon discovered that, on average, the forest is growing an additional 2 tons per acre annually. That is the equivalent of a tree with a diameter of 2 feet sprouting...
  • A Global Catastrophic Event Wiped Out Ancient Forests

    11/22/2009 8:10:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 129 replies · 2,942+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fungi are single or multi-celled organisms that break down organic materials, such as rotting wood, in order to absorb their nutrients. Neither plant nor animal, they range from mushrooms to single-celled yeast. Scientists were investigating organic chemicals trapped in an Italian sedimentary rock formation when they found evidence that an extinct fungus feasted on dead wood during a time when the world’s forests had been catastrophically eradicated.[1] What could have caused such a universal effect on forests, and why does organic material remain in rocks that are supposedly 251.4 million years old?...
  • California Guard Helps to Save Forests From Marijuana Growers

    08/31/2009 4:41:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 500+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. David J. Loeffler, USAF
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 31, 2009 – The California National Guard is part of a 17-agency endeavor to protect the state’s forests from destructive marijuana growers. California National Guardsmen involved in Operation Save Our Sierra turned up more than 30 miles of illegally placed irrigation pipe, 17,000 pounds of garbage and 4,050 pounds of fertilizer, including some that are toxic and illegal in the United States, as well as drugs and weapons, Fresno County, Calif., July 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. David J. Loeffler  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The environmental impacts of the [marijuana] gardens include...
  • Israel-->The World's Model For Planting Forests

    04/12/2009 7:32:05 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 652+ views
    Israel 21C/The Lid ^ | 4/12/09 | Yidwithlid
    When you are in Israel, it is very easy to see where Israeli run territory ends and territory run by the Palestinian Authority begins, just look for the end of the forest. Growing trees in Israel has been a priority since before the state of Israel was formed. It is a tradition that people living in the diaspora contribute to the JNF to plant trees in Israel, and when Jews visit Israel, they plant trees, as my family did on our visit three years ago. During our next trip we will go and visit our trees. It is precisely that...
  • One-fifth Of Fossil-fuel Emissions Absorbed By Threatened Forests

    02/20/2009 12:40:56 AM PST · by FocusNexus · 12 replies · 3,163+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Feb. 19, 2009 | Science Daily
    Globally, tropical trees in undisturbed forest are absorbing nearly a fifth of the CO2 released by burning fossil fuels. The researchers show that remaining tropical forests remove a massive 4.8 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere each year. This includes a previously unknown carbon sink in Africa, mopping up 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 each year. "We are receiving a free subsidy from nature," says Dr Simon Lewis, a Royal Society research fellow at the University of Leeds, and the lead author of the paper. "Tropical forest trees are absorbing about 18% of the CO2 added to the...
  • Widespread Increase of Tree Mortality Rates in the Western United States (guess what? GW)

    01/24/2009 4:14:09 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 23 replies · 329+ views
    Science ^ | Januuary 23, 2009 | Phillip J. van Mantgem,
    Persistent changes in tree mortality rates can alter forest structure, composition, and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration. Our analyses of longitudinal data from unmanaged old forests in the western United States showed that background (noncatastrophic) mortality rates have increased rapidly in recent decades, with doubling periods ranging from 17 to 29 years among regions. Increases were also pervasive across elevations, tree sizes, dominant genera, and past fire histories. Forest density and basal area declined slightly, which suggests that increasing mortality was not caused by endogenous increases in competition. Because mortality increased in small trees, the overall increase in mortality...
  • Tax increases, more logging proposed to rescue counties

    06/24/2008 8:37:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies · 149+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | June 24, 2008 | Greg Bolt
    With two-thirds of Oregon county governments, including Lane County, facing financial crises, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Monday urged residents to accept modest local property tax increases and more logging on federal forests to help stave off deep cuts in county law enforcement and other critical services. Those steps are just two of 54 recommendations in a task force report delivered to the governor on Monday. Kulongoski commissioned the report last year to address the imminent loss of about $238 million in annual federal timber payments, including $47 million a year to Lane County. The top recommendation was for Oregon...
  • (USDA UnderSec'y) Rey: States that back roadless forests should pay for fire costs

    03/06/2008 4:37:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 114+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/6/08 | Scott Sonner - ap
    California and other states that want to ban road-building in large swaths of national forests should have to pay for the resulting increased costs of fighting wildfires on those federal lands, U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said Thursday. Rey, the undersecretary for natural resources and the environment in charge of the U.S. Forest Service, said the Bush administration has encouraged states and local governments to offer input in the management of federal lands. But he told a Wildland Urban Interface conference that one of the unintended consequences is that state-imposed moratoriums on development in roadless areas boost the cost of...
  • Loaded, Hidden Guns in National Parks Puts Visitors at Risk [Barf Alert]

    02/08/2008 9:06:24 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 58 replies · 524+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | 2/7/08 | Paul Helmke/Brady Campaign
    A proposal facing action by the U.S. Senate would force National Park and National Wildlife Refuge managers to allow more loaded, hidden handguns in national parks and wildlife refuges, endangering the public as well as wildlife. "This is more of the same from the gun pushers - any gun, anywhere, at any time," said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Why are we putting hikers, campers and families at risk by introducing loaded, hidden handguns into our national parks and refuges? This proposal is a bad idea that the Senate should reject." Senator Tom Coburn...
  • Woman Accused Of Cutting 100-Year-Old Tahoe Trees

    01/24/2008 12:08:13 PM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 65 replies · 101+ views
    AP via CBS 19 ^ | 01/23/08
    A federal grand jury has indicted an Incline Village woman for allegedly hiring a crew to cut down three large pine trees up to a century old on U.S. Forest Service land at Lake Tahoe.58-year-old Patricia Vincent was indicted by the grand jury in Reno last week on two charges, including theft of government property. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.The three ponderosa pine trees from 80 to 100 years old were growing on a national forest lot the Forest Service had designated as environmentally sensitive as part of...
  • Beetle scourge goes from bad to worse

    01/15/2008 6:39:21 AM PST · by rellimpank · 32 replies · 46+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 15 jan 08 | Howard Pankratz
    The beetle infestation that is expected to kill all of Colorado's mature lodgepole forest within five years is moving into Wyoming and the Front Range. A pine beetle infestation is spreading from the mountains into southern Wyoming and the Front Range, and all of Colorado's mature lodgepole pine forests will be killed within three to five years, state and federal officials said Monday. The bark beetle infestation ravaged 500,000 new acres of forests in Colorado in 2007, bringing the total infestation to 1.5 million acres — almost all of state's lodgepole forests — according to the latest aerial survey. The...
  • Worst Forest Disaster in U.S. History (Katrina/Global Warming)

    11/16/2007 6:38:26 PM PST · by Tall_Texan · 22 replies · 439+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11-16-07 | unattributed
    When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast two years ago, the storm devastated 320 million trees. Now the United States is suffering the worst forest catastrophe in its history, according to a new analysis by the journal Science. < snip > Deforestation already accounts for nearly one in every five tons of carbon dioxide that humanity worldwide puts into the atmosphere. And Katrina's wake has now added to this deforestation. Such hurricanes become more likely, say many scientists, as global warming accelerates due to greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists call this phenomenon a feedback loop; the warmer it gets, the...
  • Forget Biofuels - Burn Oil And Plant Forests Instead

    08/16/2007 2:22:11 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 637+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-16-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Forget biofuels - burn oil and plant forests instead 19:10 16 August 2007 news service Catherine Brahic It sounds counterintuitive, but burning oil and planting forests to compensate is more environmentally friendly than burning biofuel. So say scientists who have calculated the difference in net emissions between using land to produce biofuel and the alternative: fuelling cars with gasoline and replanting forests on the land instead. They recommend governments steer away from biofuel and focus on reforestation and maximising the efficiency of fossil fuels instead. The reason is that producing biofuel is not a "green process". It requires tractors...
  • CA: Governor urges stricter rules to protect wilderness areas (more restrictions on forest roads)

    08/13/2007 9:11:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 459+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 8/13/07 | Paige Austin
    Gov. Schwarzenegger recently escalated a battle of words with federal officials over how to manage the remaining wilderness areas in Southern California's national forests. In an August letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Schwarzenegger accused the federal government of not doing enough to make sure wilderness in the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests is protected from road construction. The state and environmental groups want more restrictions on forest roads than are outlined in new forest management plans, 10- to 15-year master plans for land use in the forests. Schwarzenegger charged the federal government with not...
  • Trees in trouble

    07/31/2007 9:00:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies · 1,097+ views
    Star-Tribune ^ | July 31, 2007 | BRODIE FARQUHAR
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A history of fire suppression, an invasive fungal plague, and rampant insect infestation fueled by global warming add up to likely extinction for the whitebark pine and serious trouble for the grizzly bear and other species that depend on it, some scientists say. That sets the stage for problem No. 2: white pine blister rust, an exotic species native to Eurasia and inadvertently introduced to western North America in 1910 near Vancouver, British Columbia... As the fungal disease spreads south and east, it leaves behind “ghost” forests, Tomback said -- stands of dead whitebark pine and...
  • Western Wildfires 7/7/07 - Inyo and Los Padres National Forests

    07/07/2007 3:14:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 603+ views
    A wildfire burned into a wilderness area of Los Padres National Forest on Saturday, threatening some campgrounds and showing no sign of slowing down as it moved through tinder-dry chaparral in Santa Barbara County. The fire was heading east and threatened some campgrounds and the historic Manzana schoolhouse, a century-old wooden building, fire spokesman Andy Yamamoto said. The fire was burning in a steep, remote area in brush and oak woodlands that had not seen flames for some 40 years, Yamamoto said. More than 1,200 firefighters were on the line, battling flames by hand or with bulldozers and aided by...
  • Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests

    06/25/2007 12:41:49 PM PDT · by girlangler · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Southern Appalachian Multiple Use Council P.O. Box 1377 Clyde, NC 28721 828-627-3333 NEWS RELEASE For immediate release June 25, 2007 Contact: Steve Henson, Executive Director Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council, 828-627-3333 Environmentalists Lose Court Battle to Stop Timber Harvesting in Eastern National Forests Clyde NC – In a summary judgment ruling last week Federal Chief Judge Sandra Beckwith (Southern District Ohio) found that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) and the US Forest Service (USFS) had properly followed federal law and biological assessments in planning and implementing forest management practices on several eastern national forests including the Pisgah National Forest...
  • Scientists Close In On Missing Carbon Sink

    06/22/2007 5:00:23 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 38 replies · 977+ views
    Science Daily ^ | June 22, 2007 | National Center for Atmospheric Research
    Scientists Close In On Missing Carbon Sink Science Daily — Forests in the United States and other northern mid- and upper-latitude regions are playing a smaller role in offsetting global warming than previously thought, according to a study appearing in Science this week. The study, which sheds light on the so-called missing carbon sink, concludes that intact tropical forests are removing an unexpectedly high proportion of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, partially offsetting carbon entering the air through industrial emissions and deforestation. To study the global carbon cycle, Stephens and his colleagues analyzed air samples that had been collected by...
  • Illegals using fire to clear border

    06/19/2007 1:15:57 PM PDT · by monkeycard · 20 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2007 | By Jerry Seper
    U.S. Border Patrol agents seeking to secure the nation's border in some of the country's most pristine national forests are being targeted by illegal aliens, who are using intentionally set fires to burn agents out of observation posts and patrol routes. The wildfires also have resulted in the destruction of valuable natural and cultural resources in the National Forest System and pose an ongoing threat to visitors, residents and responding firefighters, according to federal law enforcement authorities and others. In the Coronado National Forest in Arizona, with 60 miles of land along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Forest Service firefighters sent...
  • Forests no longer allies in climate-change fight

    04/05/2007 2:29:07 AM PDT · by jsh3180 · 29 replies · 817+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Apr 04, 2007 | Allan Woods
    OTTAWA–Fearing the effects of forest fires and tree-destroying insect infestations, the federal government has decided against using Canada's forests in the calculations for totalling up the country's greenhouse-gas emissions. Instead of forests being used as a credit to offset other emissions, the government is now afraid that including forests in the formula could drive up Canada's climate-change burden. Government scientists made the call after learning of the damage that could come to forests from 2008 to 2012 and realizing the forests could become another source of emissions, pushing Canada even further from its Kyoto targets. In addition to destroying trees,...